Sunset in Batumi, by Sergiy Kadulin

We did family travel to Georgia (Central Asia) in June 2012. Georgia is ancient country with number of interesting places to visit. We drove by car from the capital, Tbilisi, across the country, to the Black Sea coast, and stayed overnight in Batumi. On the day of arrival we had dinner in the restaurant on the beach, and were lucky to catch beautiful sunset. Sun was approaching horizon in the clear sky, however just before it touched sea, quite large cloud appeared from nowhere, and made this great composition. I didn’t have tripod with me, but used table and a plate to stabilize camera.

Sunset in Batumi, by Sergiy Kadulin

Canon 5D Mark II with EF 100-400mm | ISO 400 | Focal length 400mm | Exposure 1/400sec @ f/11
Sunset in Batumi, by Sergiy Kadulin

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 09
Award Score: 66.5 (Value 13, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Sunrise & Sunset Photography
Photograph Location: Black Sea coast line in Batumi | Georgia

Photographer: Sergiy Kadulin (Kyiv, Ukraine) Registered
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1967, Sergiy Kadulin grew up in the family with his sister and mother, as his father died when they were two years old. He graduated from the military aviation academy (avionics engineer), and later on, from MBA school (IBR school, based in Ukraine). While majority of his professional career was with information technology, where he worked for such companies as American Power Conversion, hp, Microsoft, and now working with Apple as director of Apple VAD in Ukraine, but photography is his greatest passion and hobby.

Sergiy’s first experience was with his grandfather’s camera (made in 1936), and while he was studying in school he started mode in-depth learning of photography, including dark room processing, shooting on color films, etc. His first own camera (shared with his sister) was Smena-8M, which was very popular in Soviet Union as basic and very affordable camera for children. In upper class his mother gave him a gift – Zenit-12SD, which was his first real film DSLR and he enjoyed it for many years. Later on, while being on business trip in Canada, he bought Minolta with set of lenses, which was far more advanced one. Large part of his film photo collection was made with it. Sergiy was quite skeptical towards digital photography at the beginning, and switched completely to digital workflow by late 90’s until early 2000. About 7 years ago he graduated from the professional photography course in the Kyiv School of Photography, and later on, continued to study (distance learning course of professional photography) in New York Institute of Photography. He also attended number of training courses in different other schools and on top of it, learn new interesting areas online. He did his first photo exhibition in April, 2011, which was named “Sikkim. Beginning” and was devoted to his trekking in Himalaya, Sikkim, India, in 2010.

Sergiy’s favorite type of photography is travel and landscape; however he likes reportage as well. He does devote significant portion of his time to internal growth and development, which to his strong opinion, is the most important part of any creative human. He is trying to use photography as means to share his deep love to the world, to other people and nature, and pass warmth of his heart to them.


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